School Holidays

Summer Holiday

What’s on this Summer Holiday for children in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and Surrounding Areas.

If you have an event or holiday club to advertise, please get in touch here.

Mini monkey gym PooleMy intention when I started Mini Monkey Gym was to create a Mini Monkey community, to build friendships between the Mini Monkeys but also the grown ups – so as a way for us to stay connected throughout the holidays I will be running ‘Park Meets’ these are as follows;
Mondays 22nd & 29th July, 5th & 19th August at Corfe Mullen Recreation Ground, Badbury View Road. 
Wednesdays 31st July, 7th, 21st & 28th August at Muscliff Park, Shillingstone Drive. 
Fridays 26th July, 2nd, 23rd & 30th August at Poole Park on the Cricket Field, by The Ark.  
All Park Meets are from 10 am – 12 midday just come along whenever you can, bring something to sit on and it would be ideal if all mini monkey members could wear their MMG t-shirts so they are easily identifiable.  I will probably be taking a picnic lunch and staying longer on most occasions.  The Park meets are open to older siblings, friends and family.  I will be encouraging the Mini Monkeys  to participate in games, parachute fun and songs, I’m sure we can all explore the park facilities too.  I do love an ice cream in the sunshine 😊  
These Park Meets are obviously subject to the weather permitting, please check on Facebook for any updates or changes.  Please also add my mobile number to your phones in case you cant find me on the day 07876 710427.


BCP Short Breaks for Children and Young People with SEND

The BCP Council Short Breaks scheme is for families of children and young people, aged up to 19 years, with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities.

We have different activities to choose from such as arts and crafts, activity days (on the beach in the summer!), swimming, archery, gym & trampolining, watersports etc.

The Short Breaks team can be reached by phone on 01202 096712.

Brownsea Island

    • Free family trails (Every day)
    • Clay creatures (Saturday)
    • Pottery shard painting (Monday)
    • Free self-led craft activities (Friday and Saturday)
    • Minibeasts and more – family guided walk (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday)
    • Outdoor Centre, including a natural mini-golf course!!!!


Most activities are FREE of charge but normal admission rates apply. Please check with the organiser before attending.

Compton Acres

Summer Garden Trail

‘Wander through the enchanting gardens to pick up clues on the whereabouts of the forbidden treasure chest. Find all the clues before the pesky pirates get their hands on it’.

There’s something for everyone! Contact 01202 700 778 for more details.




Go Ape, Nets Adventure and Forest Segways at Moors Valley Country Park

The Go Ape Moors Valley team offer five different activities at Moors Valley – three Tree Top courses, Forest Segways, and Nets Adventure.

For more information including opening times, current prices or to make your booking call 01603 895500.


Hengistbury Head

There’s so much going on at Hengistbury Head this summer.

  • Sand art
  • Wild Wednesday
  • Bird of prey workshop with hawks in the forest
  • Family pond dipping
  • Seashore safari and beach clean
  • Planet earth needs our help, by Marylyn Cropley
  • Reptile and amphibian morning!

Please note some events and activities require booking. Please contact the organiser.

For one-off events please check our Calendar.


Kingston Lacey

  • Maize maze in the Kitchen Garden
  • Become a Kingston Lacey Gardener
  • Plant a pot perfect for pollinators

Please note some events are FREE and some events require a donation. Please check with the organiser for more details.

Mega Slip And Slide in Corfe Mullen

10am-7pm 4. August till 31. August 2022.

Mill St, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne, BH21 3RH.

Get ready for 110 metres of wet and wild fun! This summer come and join us for a truly bodacious watery adventure at one or both of our giant slip and slides. It’s great fun for the whole family!

1 hour session for children aged 5 years and over under 17 needs to be accompanied by an adult.

For more info visit the Mega Slip and Slide website.

Moors Valley

The rangers at Moors Valley have planned a series of fun outdoor activities this summer.

  • Treasure hunt challenge – learning about the animals that live in the park
  • Children’s mountain biking
  • Archery
  • Fishing
  • Pond dipping
  • Bat and moth walk
  • Meadow Minibeasts

Please check session times and bookings with the organiser.

Red House Museum and Gardens Christchurch

Dinosaurium: Re-Imagined Creatures

‘This exhibition looks at the long history of our relationship with dinosaurs; from remains found in the Gobi desert that gave birth to a mythical winged beast, to the creatures brought to life in Jurassic Park’.

Hands-on activities for all ages.

This exhibition is available throughout the summer holidays. Please check opening times with the organiser before attending.

Stour Valley and Kingfisher Barn

  • Wild crafts – stone painting – monthly – £2
  • Nature tots – Tuesdays and Thursdays mornings – £2.5
  • Kevin’s Adventure – £2.5


Please check directly with the organiser for session times and further details.

Summer Fun at the Tank Museum

9am-5pm Daily.

The Tank Museum, Bovington, BH20 6JG.

The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to life. Experience the biggest day out in history with 100 years of history, 300 tanks, kids activities, and more.

Tanks in Action Displays running at 1pm every weekday (Monday-Friday)
Tracked vehicle rides running every weekday
Kids interactive activities and tours
Vehicle Conservation Centre open 3.30 – 4.30pm

Superworm Trail at Moors Valley

Discover the small but mighty creatures in the much-loved story and learn about the everyday heroic feats of minibeasts in the forest. The new self-led trail features brightly illustrated panels and a trail pack full of fun activities, including your very own mask.

The trail starts at the Walking and Cycling Totem Pole. Activity packs are available to purchase from the Visitor Centre during opening times and cost just £3.50.

Trail Length – 1.3km.
Accessibility – Mostly level gravel surface, suitable for pushchairs.
Age – This trail is aimed at families with children aged 3-9, but can be enjoyed by all.

Tank Museum

Open daily 9am-5pm.

The Tank Museum, Linsay Rd, Bovington, Wareham BH20 6JG.

The Tank Museum brings the story of tanks and their crews to life. Experience the biggest day out in history with 100 years of history, 300 tanks, kids activities, and more at Dorset’s largest indoor attraction. Tanks in Action Displays at 1pm every week day, tracked vehicle rides every weekday plus much more.

Contact number: 01929 405096.


The Great Dorset Steam Fair

From 25th August until 29th August.

Great Dorset Steam Fair A354, Tarrant Hinton, Blandford Forum, DT11 8HX.

From Steam Exhibitions & Demonstrations to Entertainment, Fair Ground, Food & Drinks Stalls, Live Music, Stunt Displays to Historic & Classic Motor Vehicles and Heavy Horses you will find it all at the Great Dorset Steam Fair running over 5 days. Camping possible.

Please head to the website for more information and prices.

Up 4 Summer

This summer UP in BCP is putting on an exciting host of summer activities for all Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole residents aged 12-19yrs in July & August.

Cost – FREE to £10 depending on activity.

Bookings open from 4 July 2022

Don’t miss out, limited places available, first come first served.

Contact number 07880 480 602.

Wildlife treasure trail – Avon Heath Country Park

Explore the Heath searching for clues to help you answer a set of questions and win your prize! Our Treasure Trails all have a wildlife theme There is a short route (20 to 30 minutes) suitable for buggies and a long route (45 to 60 minutes).

Available every day between 10am and 4pm from the Visitor Centre. No booking required!

£3.50 per prize